RV Daily Tips. Friday, June 5, 2020

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Issue 1356
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Today’s thought

“Stop acting so small. You are the universe in ecstatic motion.”― Rumi

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Tip of the Day

Finding space for the traveling cat litter box

By Sandy Burns
Much has been written on the topic of traveling with dogs, but what about our feline friends? Most importantly, where do you find the space in your RV to store the litter box?

RVs aren’t known for having unused space, particularly nooks and crannies sized just right for a cat box. Many cat owners I know simply store it under the dining room table. But an ill-timed use of the box by your furry friend could quickly rob you of your appetite. Continue reading for several great ideas.

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Should generators be allowed in National Park campgrounds?

Check out this short video of one incredibly rude camper’s noisy generator at Yellowstone National Park. Then tell us what you think in the comments below the article: Should generators be allowed in National Park campgrounds?

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Quick Tip

Safer parking in parking lots

If you park your tow rig and trailer in a “normal” parking lot, you’re likely hanging out into the driving lane. When making a short stop in a lot, put “safety cones” out in the drive lane to make sure oncoming drivers really see the rig. Here are some collapsible safety cones at Amazon.com.


Random RV Thought

One reason to live in an RV and not a sticks-and-bricks home? The views out your windows! What might cost you a million dollars at a traditional home, you get for maybe $20 a night at a campground or free in the boondocks.


Website of the day

Short travel stories that will make you smile
These 25 stories will surely put a smile on your face (something that we all need right now). Give ’em a read and enjoy.


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Run two air conditioners on 30 amps – Wow!
When the temperature really gets sizzling and your 50-amp rig is stuck with a 30-amp hookup, you’re out of luck if you want to run two air conditioners. That is, unless you have a state-of-the-art SoftStartRV. It’s inexpensive, simple to install, and works just as promised. Don’t miss watching the short video by RV electricity expert Mike Sokol. Learn more or order at a special discount.


Trivia

In the last row of the U.S. Senate Chamber, there is a desk that is always stocked with candy. The candy-filled mahogany desk is close to often-used elevators on the Republican side. For more than 50 years, the desk has been filled with plenty of candy, enough to satisfy the needs of any and all sweet-toothed politicians.

*What state is the smallest? What state is the least populated? We told you in yesterday’s trivia


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Rory R
28 days ago

I have used NP cg’s in the past. I find them to be too crowded, in most cases unlevel, and too noisey. The noise level I am talking about is after dark. Drunk parents letting their children run free screaming. I understand kids playing, but as I remember it was over the top. So I simply did what is best for me. I switched to commercial parks in the area or out west I boondock on public lands adjacent to the NP’s. I have an enclosed gen (not portable), and also invested in a solar system. I know everyone may not want to or can afford to. I use my toad to enter the NP’s and take advantage of what they have to offer, and go “home” to peace and quiet at the end of the day. That is the best of both worlds. Complaining incessantly will not make annoying noisey campers any more aware of their actions if they don’t care. I have found my resolution…

Gary
28 days ago

Per the National Park Service website is the following:
Generators must conform to National Park Service regulations pertaining to audio disturbances, which states that “motorized equipment or machinery cannot exceed a noise level of 60 decibels measured on the A-weighted scale at 50 feet” (36 CFR 2.12).
I could be wrong but I suspect that this generator was louder than that.

Bob Amoroso
28 days ago

True the contractor generator is loud and should not be used in campgrounds. So……States and/or Government should license Approved Generators for use in State/National Parks. One should always abide by the operating hours. Another solution, although costly, is the parks install electrical outlets…hence no noise at all. Solar is a great, however it has its drawbacks also, cloudy days, parked int he shade etc. I have and onboard generator that I rarely use, I don’t need 4000 watts all the time. So I carry a Honda 2000 with the eco switch that only puts out what I need in power. I always place it in spot to not disturb others. I walk around my site, the area within 100 yards and check the noise level. And I only run it as needed. If you can afford the upgrade get Lithium Batteries and an inverter, they last a lot longer then Lead Acid and there is zero noise. They charge much faster also.

I also think a little common sense goes a long way but we all know some folks have none. And are oblivious to what they’re doing.

We could go on and on about annoying behavior in campgrounds i.e. loud music, bright lights, big fires, yelling and noise beyond time limits. Ohhhhh and the alcohol consumption and don’t leave out the idling of that Diesel Truck early in the morning.

Regardless of all this I still love camping and don’t plan on stopping anytime soon.

Greg T
27 days ago
Reply to  Bob Amoroso

I like your idea of the NPS having an approved generator list. I know that will really annoy some people but contractor generators are much more annoying to everyone within a half mile.

Tony King
28 days ago

Would I like to be next that generator ? Heck no but they are abiding by the rules. You then have 2 choices…Put up with it or Move on. I absolutely hate in one of our favorite Federal Campgrounds that the generator hours in the morning are 6:00 am but I’m left with same 2 choices. We RV all over USA & Canada for months at a time…your bound to find something irritating in your travels and camping experiences. I always just remind myself “ It’s still much better than working !”

Leonard Szymkowiak
28 days ago

Loud Generators are fine during favorable hours, maybe we should ban campfires in National Parks because of the smoke.

Two Buck Chuck
28 days ago

I think the current policies regarding generator noise and hours are adequate. However, the problem is that we continue to fund the parks at an abysmal rate. They barely have the funding to keep the grass mowed. So, it follows that funding doesn’t allow for additional full time employees and there isn’t adequate staff to aid in policing of violators. Personally, I think violators should be sent packing.

Bill
28 days ago

Max DB allowed in National parks is 68 db in 50 feet distance from source. This is posted in all park litarature relating to campgrounds. Since anyone commenting here has a computer/laptop/phone of some sort .. please use it to look this up!

Thomas
28 days ago

We were in a national park, had left for the day and ran out Honda 2000 while we were gone. Perfectly within the guidelines of 8 to 8. Women comes up to us all pizzedoff because we ran out generator. We had the right to do so.We are charging the batterys. Her Motorhome,(diesel pusher) was over a football field away. AND I could hear the hum of her diesel generator. I’d never mentioned it, maybe she forgot it was running. I continued to run mine until 8 pm.

Greg T
27 days ago
Reply to  Thomas

is it allowed in a NP to leave a generator running unattended? I really don’t know. Just curious. When we leave for the day, my Honda is put away out of site and locked up.
I used to have a contractor generator and I hated it so much I left it out in plain site and never locked it up hoping someone would take it. No such luck.

Peter
28 days ago

I think the comfort and enjoyment of many should supersede the needs and wants of a few. No to contractor generators ever. Yes to quiet gens for a couple of hours max per day ( 10-12 and/or 3-5 ). For those with special needs, camp where there are full hookups or invest in solar. I have yet to see a campground brochure that said ” Come and enjoy the noisy ambiance of our many selfish and loud campers “. Be a good neighbour. Happy Trails

Jesse Crouse
28 days ago

Can’t fix STUPID- only what STUPID does. Apparently applies to INCONSIDERATE, SELFISH and OBLIVIOUS to others. The fix is to kick their butts out of the park.
We run our diesel coach generator only when necessary and within the allowed hours. We also carry 2 Honda 2000 inverter generators as alternate backups and run them also within the posted hours.
Generators used as posted and in consideration of others are ok in a National Park.

Mark Birnbaum
28 days ago

Random RV Thought

Sure, subject to time of year and availability (getting harder), there are $20/day camping sites (plus booking fees) with a view, especially if you have a National Senior Pass. However, re-showing old videos pictures w/signs of $20 fee and saying “maybe $20 a night at a campground” is more like wishful thinking. (Go wherever you want to go, whenever you want to, for maybe $20 a night?)

The publisher used to harp on how few spaces there are and how we have added 5 million more RVs to the crowded field in the last decade. Did he retire?

Tim Bear
28 days ago

We have a front-engine diesel coach, which means the entry door is more-or-less midship. So the passenger has footspace in front of the seat. When stationary, we put the litterbox on the floor in front of the passenger seat. When traveling, litterbox goes in a corner of the rear bedroom floor – out of the way of the slide but accessible for the cat if needed.

Mark Birnbaum
28 days ago

NO. They weren’t violating posted rules.
NO. You weren’t trying to make an example of them.
YES. Noisy generators can be annoying.

Some people are very sensitive to heat, dust and pollen (or they have pets inside), so the generator is allowing them to condition a sealed environment. Hopefully, those people with environmental requirements are staying in parks that have 30/50 amp service, or are solar users.

For the rest, I wish there were more limited generator hours. I also wish people could talk quietly during quiet hours. I also wish people didn’t light fires which damage branches up to 30′. I wish people didn’t park on the grass, when it is posted not to. I wish people would follow the one-way and speed limit signs in a campground. However, the majority follow whatever the posted rules are.

If have seen a few campgrounds with stated generator hours, for example 9-10am, 12-1pm, 6-7pm.

You have a credit score. It generally shows how well you manage your finances. States maintain “points” for driving offenses. Insurance companies are keeping score, too. How about a “camping score”. You start at 1,000, and deducted points would age off after 5 years. Then, National, State, local and private campgrounds could contribute to your score.

Scott R. Ellis
28 days ago

There could easily be–and should be–decibel limits, but those only work if there are personnel there to enforce them, and that only happens if there is budget to pay them, and that only happens if politicians provide it, and that only happens if we vote in politicians who will do that.

This kind of thing is why we only camp in established campgrounds as a result of poor planning.

Sink Jaxon
28 days ago

We use solar, two 120 watt panels, have two AGM’s plenty of Amphours. So we don’t ever run out of electricity. We can run everything but A/C. We ordered our rig without a TV. Plenty else to watch! 😉

CTK
28 days ago

Limits to decibel output should be a consideration. Let’s face it. There will always be that jerk who will run his 110 dB gen because it is his “freedom and right” to do so and to heck with anyone else. Consideration for others is a thing of the past. As written previously in Thoughts, true freedom is not being able to do anything one wants to do, rather the ability to do what is right.

Jim O.
28 days ago

Your article on safety cones says “f you park your tow rig and trailer in a “normal” parking lot, you’re likely hanging out into the driving lane.’ RVs should never hang out into the driving lane. Go to an outer part of the parking lot & park across several auto parking spaces to avoid liability in case someone runs into your RV. (The safety vones are still a good idea.)

john1470
28 days ago

Loud gen, yes / but within the running hours.

Irv
28 days ago

The 8-8 rules are fine. Possibly have a rule re: construction generators. The generator wasn’t working efficiently. A park host might be able to educate them on how to run a generator.

re: no one there. They might have been trying to charge a battery.

Steve
28 days ago

$20 per night in a campground? Haven’t seen that low of a rate in a long time.

Frank
28 days ago
Reply to  Steve

I agree. Wonder where it’s located.

Snayte
28 days ago
Reply to  Frank

There are many county parks around me that are in the sub 20 dollar range if you do not need electric.

James E O'Briant
28 days ago
Reply to  Steve

http://www.OvernightRVParking.com lists many. https://www.overnightrvparking.com/v2/subscribe.html?partner=rvtravel
Subscribe using that link & you’ll get 15 months for the price of 12 on your first year.

Bob Godfrey
28 days ago
Reply to  Steve

We often find campgrounds for less than $20/night with Passport America.